The AR.IO Testnet
We are excited to announce the launch of the ar.io testnet! The testnet is the next milestone in development of the ar.io network following up on last month’s open source announcement. During this phase, we invite all interested community members to boot up a gateway and join them to the gateway registry so that we can begin to test the benefits and features of networked ar.io gateways at scale. The testnet will take a phased approach, starting with a strong foundation and building up new features as it progresses. The first major goal of the testnet is the introduction of the Gateway Address Registry, the GAR (more on that below).
The AR.IO Tesnet aims to support the development of a robust, decentralized network of gateways that will serve as the backbone of the permaweb. By offering IO token incentives, we seek to attract passionate, committed, and capable operators who are willing to contribute to the long-term success of the network. Participants in the program will be empowered to operate a gateway in whatever way they see fit for their use-case as long as it complies with network standards and expected quality of service.
Set up your gatewayStep 1
Head over to ar.io docs and learn how to get started with your gateway.Read Docs
Note that you will also need a DNS domain to assign to your gateway.
Get a walletStep 2
Bring an existing wallet or create a new one using third-party services like ArConnect, arweave.app, or the ArDrive CLI.Create Wallet
Note that you will need a small amount of $AR in the wallet for transaction fees.
Submit an applicationStep 3
Come to the #testnet Channel in the AR.IO Discord to complete your application for TEST tokens so that you can stake them to join the network. To start an application, simply type:Get Tokens
Application to join the ar.io testnet!
Note that your gateway must be live and verifiable before this step.
Join the networkStep 4
join-networkscript to join your gateway to the network / GAR.
Follow alongStep 5
Congrats, you've joined the network! Subscribe to the newsletter and stay tuned in Discord for the latest network developments and forthcoming incentive opportunities.Subscribe